Woman accused of welfare fraud

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TOWN OF LENOX — A 27-year-old was charged with unlawfully collecting public assistance funding of close to $4,000.

Madison County Sheriff’s Lt. Brad Bowe said Marion Hoch-Schmidtka, of 238 W. Elm St., Oneida, intentionally provided false documentation to the Madison County Department of Social Services, which failed to show that her children’s father was residing with her and was earning an income from employment.

Because of the false documentation filed, Schmidtka obtained $3,854 in public assistance that she would not have received if she had reported the income.  

Schmidtka was charged with third-degree welfare fraud and third-degree grand larceny, both class D felonies; first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a class E felony; and third-degree perjury, a class A misdemeanor.

She was arraigned in Lenox Town Court and released on her own recognizance, and is scheduled to reappear.

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